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Five Simple Guidelines for a Good Life

Five Simple Guidelines for a Good Life

When Cheryl Canfield was diagnosed with advanced cancer at 41, she chose to forego surgery and focus instead on dying well. In the process, she healed herself. Her journey led her to these five simple guidelines that can help all of us to live better, more healed lives.

Here, then, are five simple things that will help us all to have a good life:

1. A means of livelihood that is useful to society–something you enjoy doing.

2. Inspirational things in your life–items that lift you up, such as special music or words or the beauty of nature.

3. Good living habits–regular exercise, sunshine, and fresh air, food that nourishes the body, plenty of rest, and good thoughts. (As Canfield‘s mentor used to say, “Junk thoughts can destroy you even more quickly that junk foods!”)

4. A path of service–something you do with an outgoing motive to be of service, without thought of receiving anything in return.

5. Time spent alone each day in meditation or receptive silence.

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Adapted from Profound Healing by Cheryl Canfield (Inner Traditions, 2003). Copyright (c) 2003 by Cheryl Canfield. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from Profound Healing by Cheryl Canfield (Inner Traditions, 2003).

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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6:47PM PST on Jan 25, 2013

Thaks for the article

11:13AM PST on Jan 25, 2013

Good advice. Thanks.

9:33PM PST on Jan 16, 2013

Good ideas.

9:32PM PST on Jan 16, 2013

Good ideas.

9:00AM PDT on Aug 19, 2012


8:40AM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

interesting. thanks

5:57AM PST on Nov 13, 2011

Thank you

12:58AM PDT on Jul 27, 2011

I wonder if Annie B. Bond follows that advice herself.

5:09AM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

Thanks for the article.

11:33AM PDT on Jul 25, 2011

All very good tips. Thanks Annie.

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